Freedom’s Just Another Word For ‘Hegemonic Ruse’
"I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves."
-Henry Kissinger, 1975
Americans do democracy better than anyone else. Ever since The “big c” Constitution decided that black people were 3/5 of real person, we’ve known that citizen enfranchisement is a fungible commodity. From our electoral college to our hanging chads, from literacy tests to Bush v. Gore, we’ve earned the right to explain to the world’s ink-dipping mouth breathers that their whole “one person, one vote” crap is downright primitive.
So when a country like Venezuela is on the brink of amending it’s own constitution through a national referendum, it is only natural that the U.S. press establishment join forces to persuade the unwashed masses that they must take our interests into consideration. The results have been varied:
Jeffersonian: “Opponents are calling for a massive “no” vote. For the sake of Venezuela’s battered democracy, voters should heed the call.” Because the New York Times knows that telling foreigners how to vote is a centralBut leave it to those stewards of freedom at the Wall Street Journal pull out the big guns, a little tactic known as “talking crazy talk.” Watch them claim that the 2004 recall referendum was a fraud that was abetted by Jimmy Carter and (sweartogod) “the Bush State Department.” Watch them put the word “democracy” in quotes and compare it to violent government overthrow. Watch this piece devolve into a diatribe against their real targets: “Congressional Democrats” and “Joe Kennedy.” Because hey, what's one country's future when you have a much more important agenda at stake?
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Paternal: “For everybody's good, especially their own, let's hope the Venezuelans vote no on Sunday.” The Cincinnati Inquirer may seem cold and distant, but deep down it truly loves the stupid Venezuelans.
Theocratic: “As our Catholic bishops have already made clear, a socialist state is contrary to the beliefs of Simón Bolívar.” Um. What? A dissident Venezuelan general explains who he’d really like to see running the show; In today’s New York Times, once again forgetting what the word “Op” in Op-Ed is for.
Scary As All Get-Out: “… we face a moment when swift decisions by the United States and like-thinking nations could dramatically help, supporting friends and allies with the courage to oppose an aspiring dictator with regional ambitions.” America's worst military strategist in history has a modest proposal in tomorrow’s Washington Post. Somebody somewhere thought that would be a useful contribution to the discussion.
Note: The WSJ link seems to be as worthless as their editorial board. You can read the whole piece after the jump.